How the World Ski Championships will affect Courchevel, Meribel and Les 3 Vallées in February 2023

Courchevel and Meribel will host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in February 2023, coinciding with half-term ski holidays in Les 3 Vallées.

The championships start on the evening of Sunday 5th February with an opening ceremony in Courchevel and with a closing ceremony on Sunday 19th February, also in Courchevel. This is always one of the busiest periods in the 3 Valleys ski area because of half-term ski holidays.

Meribel and Courchevel hope the Championships will enhance visitors’ holidays by giving recreational skiers a chance to see elite skiers racing in 6 disciplines – Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Combined and Parallel Slalom. There will be ‘ski-in’ Fan Zones alongside the courses, as well as spectator areas at the bottom of the slopes with giant screens.

There will be some very limited piste closures. The pistes that will be used for the races are the L’Eclipse black run in Courchevel that descends into Courchevel-le-Praz from Chenus; and the Roc de Fer blue run coming down into the centre of Meribel from the Roc de Fer ridge. The stadiums in Courchevel 1850 and Meribel will also be affected.

The Championships schedule is:
5th February: Courchevel 6pm – Opening Ceremony
6th February: Méribel 11am – Women’s Alpine Combined
7th February: Courchevel 11am – Men’s Alpine Combined
8th February: Méribel 12 noon – Women’s Super G
9th February: Courchevel 12 noon – Men’s Super G
11th February: Méribel 12 noon – Women’s Downhill
12th February: Courchevel 12 noon – Men’s Downhill
14th February: Méribel 1pm – Men & Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom
15th February: Méribel 1pm – Alpine Team Parallel
16th February: Méribel 10am – Women’s Giant Slalom
17th February: Courchevel 10am – Men’s Giant Slalom
18th February: Méribel 10am – Women’s Slalom
19th February: Courchevel 10am – Men’s Slalom
19th February: Courchevel 6.30pm – Closing Ceremony

Visitors looking for accommodation in Courchevel, La Tania and Meribel during the Championships are advised to book early. They might also consider switching to other resorts in the 3 Valleys such as Les Menuires, Val Thorens and St Martin de Belleville – see our ‘Where to stay and ski in the 3 Valleys’ article for advice on which resort is best for different types of ski holidays.

Similarly flights, trains and airport transfers might get booked up quicker than normally – see our Getting to Meribel and Getting to Courchevel pages for recommendations.

For further details about the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and how to purchase tickets, please see www.courchevelmeribel2023.com/en/

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